For Election for 2013 -


Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean For Election for 2013 only

(This Memorandum cancels all previous issues)

The Rhodes Trustees have instituted two (2) Rhodes Scholarships tenable at the University of Oxford to be awarded to candidates from the Commonwealth Caribbean as follows:

(a) The Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship, available to candidates from Jamaica only;

(b) The Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship, available to candidates from the Caribbean generally, including Jamaicans (at the Committee's discretion). After election, a successful candidate has still, however, to gain admission to the University of Oxford. There is no guarantee of admission and the award of the scholarship is not confirmed by the Rhodes Trustees until the Scholar-Elect has been accepted by a Department/Faculty of the University and by one of its Colleges or, in the case of the 2nd BA, by one of the Colleges.

Conditions of Tenure
The basic tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject always, and at all times, to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. At the discretion of the Trustees, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year in the circumstances listed below. Scholars may enter for:

  • A one-year taught Master’s degree, followed by another in their second year subject to a satisfactory outcome to the first year; Scholars who take two one-year Masters degrees are not eligible for a third year of funding;
  • A two-year MPhil (or BPhil); subject to Department/Faculty agreement on the basis of performance in the MPhil, a third year of funding may be given to convert the MPhil into a DPhil (for those in the Humanities and Social Sciences only – see Note below);
  • A two-year MSc by research; Scholars who take a two-year MSc by research are not eligible for a third year of funding;
  • A DPhil : Student (PRS) the third year of funding at the discretion of the Trustees will be dependent upon satisfactory reports from supervisors.
  • Many one-year MSc’s are in fact routes into doctoral work, and moreover Scholars sometimes discover the desire to do a DPhil in that field when working on the MSc. Scholars within the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions and normally within the Medical Sciences Division (see Note below) may take such a route and receive a third year of funding (under the usual conditions) if they agree this with the Warden before the end of their first year. In the case of both MPhil and MSc conversions to DPhil, it is necessary for the doctoral thesis to be clearly an outgrowth of work done in the Master’s course, since beginning a wholly new topic inescapably leads to unfunded overruns.
  • A BA with Senior Status (two years). Scholars who do a BA with Senior Status are not eligible for a third year of funding.

The MFE and the MBA are only tenable in the second year of tenure of the Scholarship.

Notes for any Scholar proceeding to the DPhil via a Masterís degree

  1. Humanities & Social Sciences Divisions Most departments within the Humanities and Social Sciences insist on the Master’s route to DPhil. In view of this insistence the Trust will underwrite the fourth year of fees for Scholars within these two Divisions. The word “underwrite” is used quite deliberately. This presents quite an additional financial burden on the Trust, although the Trustees believe that it is necessary in order to give all Scholars the freedom to do the degrees they want to do. Therefore, if a Scholar is able to arrange for another sponsor for that fee, the Trust would hope that such a sponsor will assume the cost of the fee, leaving the Trust to underwrite those who cannot.
  2. Medical Sciences Division Scholars may take the Master’s route to DPhil within most departments of the Medical Sciences Division. However, early advice should be sought from the Registrar of the Rhodes Trust in Oxford at .
  3. Maths, Physical & Life Sciences Division The Master’s route to DPhil is not open to candidates in the Maths, Physical & Life Sciences Division. Candidates within these disciplines should apply direct to DPhil
Trustees reserve the right to vary these conditions at any time.

Scholarships are awarded for entry in the following October. The Trust will not normally allow deferral, except in the case of students studying medicine who have to complete residency requirements in their own country immediately following their medical degree. Any Scholar-elect who cannot come in the October following their election or who has not been accepted into a Department/Faculty and/or College will normally forfeit the Scholarship.
The Rhodes Trustees will pay all University and College fees, exclusive of board and lodging, direct to the college concerned.

The Scholar will receive a personal allowance of no less than £12,300 per annum for the duration of the scholarship, which is expected to take care of board and lodging and other maintenance costs.
The Trust will assist the Scholar to meet such travel expenses as are incurred to and from Oxford, provided a letter of explanation as to how travel is being arranged is addressed to the Secretary of the Selection Committee directly or to the Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford for his consideration.

Married candidates should bear in mind that the scholarship stipend is intended to support one person, and that the Trust takes no financial responsibility for the support of a scholar’s spouse. Moreover, spouses who are not British citizens may find it difficult to obtain permission to undertake paid work in England.

(a) One of three alternatives applies either:

(i) The candidate must be a citizen of one of those countries that have gained independence from Great Britain (Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts-Nevis); or

(ii) The candidate must be a Commonwealth Dependent Territories citizen of Montserrat, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands or British Virgin Islands;

(iii) One of the candidate’s parents must have been domiciled and resident in one or more of these territories for at least five (5) years immediately preceding 1st January in the year of the candidature, or, in the event of both being dead, was domiciled and resident in one of thee territories for at least five (5) years prior to his or her death.
The candidate must:

(b) have been educated in one or more of the above territories for at least five (5) years between the ages of nine and twenty;

(c) have passed his or her Nineteenth (19) birthday and not passed his or her Twenty-fifth (25th) birthday by 1st October 2013;

(d) have undertaken academic training sufficiently advanced to assure the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree by 1st October, 2013

Candidates with dual citizenship may not apply in more than one of the countries of which they are citizens.
Where there is doubt, the Trustees reserve complete discretion to determine the eligibility or otherwise of the candidate.

Subject to confirmation by the Rhodes Trustees, election for a Rhodes Scholarship will be made by the Committee of Selection.

In considering applications, Committees of Selection will have regard to those qualities which Cecil Rhodes expressly listed in order to define the Scholar he desired:-

Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full.

Mr. Rhodes believed that the last of these qualities was best tested through participation and success in sports. Participation in varsity sports is not essential if applicants are able to demonstrate in other ways the physical vigour which will enable Rhodes Scholars to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Such a contribution Mr. Rhodes clearly expected in expressing the hope that Rhodes Scholars would come to “esteem the performance of public duties as (their) highest aim.”

Financial need does not give a special claim to a Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Trust and Oxford University require that selection for a Scholarship and for admission to the University will be without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, social background, or disability.

The Committee will summon to a personal interview such candidate it considers necessary to see. Save in the most exceptional circumstances, no candidate will be appointed without such an interview.

In the absence of suitably qualified candidates, no election will be made by the Committee.
The interviews will take place in Jamaica, for the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship; and, in Barbados for the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship. Although Jamaican candidates will not generally be considered for the Commonwealth Caribbean Scholarship, the discretion in this regard resides with the Selection Committee. Candidates for the Commonwealth Caribbean Scholarship invited for interview residing outside of Barbados may apply to the Secretary for financial assistance to travel from their country of origin within the Caribbean region to Barbados and return, provided that the travel is not funded by their University or other sponsorship source.

Candidates may apply online at and All candidates are required to submit the following materials. Please note that whilst candidates may upload electronic documents online, those candidates invited for interview will be required to submit original documents

A candidate is required to submit the following material:

(a) A birth certificate (certified copy)

(b) "0" Level, "A" Level, CAPE or CXC Certificates or other certified evidence of subjects studied and examinations passed (including the original or duly certified certificate of having passed an examination which fulfils the Oxford admission requirements);

(c) In the case of University degrees, an original of a transcript by the Registrar or Chief Administrative Officer should be submitted.

(d) A signed statement by the candidate (of maximum 1,500 words or 2 A4 pages, Times Roman 12pt.) making a declaration of general interest and activities pursued, the course of study it is proposed to follow at Oxford, and the character of the work aimed at in later-life. (If the candidate has left school before applying for a Rhodes Scholarship, then it should be stated what occupation has been pursued).

(e) References from six persons, of which number, at least four can speak to the candidate's recent academic performance. (Online applicants should note that although a candidate’s referees will be contacted direct by the on-line application, it remains the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that his/her referees submit their references by the deadline of 30 September). You will find "Guidance for Referees" below. The Secretary reserves full right to contact referees with a view to confirming the meaning or veracity of any information provided;

(f) A medical certificate on the prescribed form supplied herewith (required at interview stage only);

(g) Three photographs, unmounted, approximately 6 cm. X 6 cm. (amateur snapshots will not be accepted); and

(h) Three copies of a Resume (no more than two foolscap pages long) setting out the candidate's educational history, examinations passed, achievements, awards, extra-curricular activities and personal interests.


5.1 On receiving notice of provisional election the Scholar-elect must apply immediately to the University of Oxford for graduate study. Full instructions will be given to Scholars on election. Candidates should study carefully the graduate studies prospectus to familiarise themselves with application requirements for their preferred course of study.

5.2 A Scholar may apply for any full-time graduate degree at the University of Oxford, subject to the notes contained in the detailed conditions of the tenure above.

5.3 Scholars are expected to be full time students during the tenure of the scholarship and must obtain the permission of the Warden of the Rhodes House to leave Oxford at any time.

5.4 Tenure of other awards in conjunction with a Rhodes Scholarship is not permitted without prior consultation with the Warden of Rhodes House.

5.5 The first instalment of the Scholarship will be paid at the beginning of the Scholar's first term at Oxford. No request for earlier payments will be considered.

5.6 Information about Oxford Colleges and courses will be found in the Oxford University Prospectus and Graduate Prospectus or the University's web site, Information about the Rhodes Trust generally may be found at its website, or from Mary Eaton, Registrar, at Rhodes Trust,

5.7 Candidates should see to it that four out of his/her six referees write about his/her academic preparation, ability and attainments (as well as the other Rhodes Scholar qualities).

5.8 Any candidate hoping to attempt clinical research at Oxford must have fulfilled all the necessary obligations - the Medical Council requires evidence of having fulfilled the necessary professional experience; that is, before granting temporary registration, the Council requires them to have completed overseas an approved internship of twelve months duration or equivalent appointments. Please note that those intending to pursue research within the medical sciences should refer to the detailed conditions of tenure on pages 1 and 2 of this memorandum (and also found at; the Master’s route is not open to Rhodes Scholars in the medical sciences.

5.9 Two samples of written work must be submitted by applicants wishing to read for any degree (Master’s and 2nd BA) within the Humanities and Social Sciences. The GRE is required for most economics courses. Candidates for the Scholarship are expected to have familiarised themselves with the detailed application requirements for their preferred course of study. graduate_courses/.

5.10 Copies of this Memorandum and further information can be obtained from the Secretary, Mr. Peter Goldson, 21 East Street, Kingston, Jamaica, Tel: (876) 922-5960 or Fax: (876) 922-7575 who acts as Secretary to the Committee of Selection.

5.11 On-line applications are available at or


Instructions to the applicant: Please make a copy of this form for the persons asked to be a referee.

Name of applicant, typed or printed

Information for the person from whom a letter of appraisal has been requested:

The person whose name is given above is an applicant for a Rhodes Scholarship. The Selection Committee will be grateful if you will provide a frank statement regarding this applicant's qualifications. A reply within the next few days will be helpful both to the Committee and the applicant.

Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the full. Preferably your letter will be no less than 300 words in length.

Mr. Rhodes believed that the least of these qualities was best tested through participation and success in sports. Sporting prowess, however, is not an essential if applicants demonstrate in other ways the physical vigour with which will enable Rhodes Scholars to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Mr. Rhodes clearly expected this in expressing the hope that a Rhodes Scholar would come to 'esteem the performance of public duties as his highest aim'.

It is not expected that you will be able to speak from firsthand knowledge of the candidate's qualifications under all those heads. If you are primarily acquainted with the candidate through an academic relationship you are requested to concentrate in detail on intellectual quality and potential (hearing in mind that your reference will be used for admission procedures at Oxford University) although your assessment of the other qualities will be very welcome to the Committee. If, on the other hand, you are better acquainted with the candidate through non-academic interests, you are requested to concentrate on assessment of character in the knowledge that the Committee is looking for persons who show promise of outstanding achievement in later life.

Please do not hesitate to speak of the candidate's limitations as well as qualities. A critical appraisement will add to, rather than detract from, the force of your letter, since Committees naturally tend to be dubious of recommendations which imply that a candidate has no limitations whatever.

The Selection Committee will begin evaluation of the credentials of the applicants on or about October 3. Your assistance will be especially valuable if your comments can be made available to the Committee before that date. No assurance can be given that the Committee will be in a position to make use of letters received subsequent to that date. The Committee deeply appreciates your help in this matter.

Please mail your letter of appraisal to the Secretary of the Selection Committee. Further information can be obtained from the internet at:
NAME OF SECRETARY: Mr. Peter Goldson
ADDRESS: 21 East Street, Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 922-5860
Fax: (876) 922-7575

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